THE NINETEENTH CHALLENGE

THE NINETEENTH CHALLENGE


 Actual picture of parents with artsy fart filter

Actual picture of parents with artsy fart filter

My parents are visiting

Sorry for delays

I’m feeling all Doogie Howser here…. So write a play about parents.

But mess with time.


CHALLENGE: WRITE A TIME-FLUID PARENTAL PLAY

Like start with an egg- or start with a LITERAL TWINKLE IN AN EYE

And by the end, with death and a reunion of sorts. It can be- should be- something a bit more fantastical magical ethereal than like 6th grader Heaven.

If you’re a hardcore blackbelt atheist, then make your NOTHINGNESS beautiful, you temporal breeder (for the purposes of art).  


Don’t: get cute.

Do: get sappy


When you mess with convention, it disrupts the audience and if they have to think, they can’t feel. So give them instant connections to allow them to stop thinking, and start feeling.


Nobody wants to have to THINK about your goddamn play until you’ve given us the gift of feeling something real. Then, we’ll think all by ourselves without any help from you AT ALL.

You are not a thinker maker. You are a playwright.



Aaron Sawyer 

Artistic Director, Red Theater Chicago

An Oak Tree by Tim Crouch, Nov. 3 - Dec. 9, 2018
(He/Him/His)